Who knows that history better than the Russian people themselves?<quoted text>You really don't know your history do you. Stalin used the delusional "Sheep" that religion had spawn. What a prime opportunity for a dictator, and entire country of delusional religious sheep that would believe anything told them. This was a resource to be used not destroyed. He told these sheep that he alone could produce a miracle whereby their crops would grow double there size. Of course after being totally brainwashed with the idea that miracles were real, the populous bought this horseshoe. Look at many of the old videos of Stalin, he was moat usually surround by the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church. He slaughtered any who opposed his dictatorship, and anyone he suspected of opposing his views.Your right millions were either excited or sent to Siberia, a death sentence in its own. But show me your evidence or documentation that Stalin killed religious people because they weren't Atheists.
Most of those who died under the rule of Mao, died of starvation and disease as a result of rapid industrial growth. Once again I challenge you to produce evidence that Chairman Mao murdered for strictly religious reasons.
The history of Christianity in the Soviet Union was not limited to repression and secularization. Soviet policy toward religion was based on the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, which made atheism the official doctrine of the Soviet Union. Marxism-Leninism has consistently advocated the control, suppression, and the elimination of religion.
The state was committed to the destruction of religion, and destroyed churches, mosques and temples, ridiculed, harassed and executed religious leaders, flooded the schools and media with atheistic propaganda, and generally promoted 'scientific atheism' as the truth that society should accept.
Religious beliefs and practices persisted among the majority of the population, in the domestic and private spheres but also in the scattered public spaces allowed by a state that recognized its failure to eradicate religion and the political dangers of an unrelenting culture war.